Retailers have said they still have faith in the durability of print despite music magazine New Musical Express ceasing in print after 66 years. 

Paul Patel, the owner of Dibden Purlieu News in Southampton, said that NME’s decision to concentrate on its digital offering may be because young people are going online for music and music coverage.

However, he said for certain demographics and speciality subjects, print was still popular. “Some people like being able to read a hard-copy, pick it up and put it down,” he said. “It’s a generational thing.”

Sales of Mr Patel’s niche titles are strong and he expects customers to continue reading them in print.